Djibouti increases reliance on Beijing, but at what cost?

Djibouti increases reliance on Beijing, but at what cost?

The long-time president of Djibouti, Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, has launched his re-election campaign in the run-up to national elections on 9 April. With the exception of Zakaria Ismael Jafar, an “anti-system” independent candidate, Guelleh is set to run for his fifth term unopposed. His challengers in the 2016 election have…

Dozens of migrants thrown into sea off Djibouti coast

Dozens of migrants thrown into sea off Djibouti coast

Smugglers forced dozens of migrants overboard in the Gulf of Aden on Wednesday, forcing some 80 people to their deaths by tossing them into the sea after leaving Djibouti. The International Organization for Migration said at least 200 passengers were aboard the boat when it departed, but the traffickers started…

Chinese foreign minister set for five-nation Africa tour

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi will head to Africa next week, with official visits planned in Egypt, Eritrea and Djibouti, as well as Burundi and Zimbabwe. The diplomatic schedule was announced Thursday by the Ministry of Affairs, which noted China’s tradition of beginning each new year on the African continent….

International aid arrives as Djibouti cleans up from floods

Japan and the European Union are among those supporting Djibouti after severe flooding hit the Horn of Africa nation, affecting some 250,000 people according to latest numbers from the EU. The United Nations office in Djibouti said the equivalent of two years of rainfall fell in a single day last…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

In Djibouti, opposition protests met with force

Opposition leaders in Djibouti are condemning the “scorched earth” policies of President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh and his regime, following a second day of street protests on the outskirts of the capital. Adan Mohamed Abdou, president of the USN alliance covering four opposition groups, said the protests in Arhiba followed the…

Djibouti needs help with climate response, UNOCHA lead says

Djibouti is already feeling the impacts of climate crisis, and after a three-day tour of the Horn of Africa nation, the assistant secretary general for the United Nations humanitarian agency OCHA is calling for action. “Climate change is real, and I could see it here,” said UNOCHA’s Ursula Mueller. “I…

China counters ‘debt trap’ claims over African loans

China again denied claims that its loan policies put African nations and others in the developing world into “debt traps,” countering reports that United States legislators are looking to pass legislation that would limit China’s ability to do so. Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Lu Kang said Wednesday that Beijing’s…